Two days ago, Mike Kaszuba of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Minnesota legislature’s recent defeat of a bill designed to subsidize a new stadium for the Vikings could spell disaster for the prospect of the Vikings remaining a viable franchise in Minnesota.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Daily News reports that the private plane of Vikings owner Zigi Wylf was spotted at a Southern California airport Thursday – on the same day that Roger Goodell was in Los Angeles, meeting with L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa about the possibility of bringing the NFL back to the City of Angels.
Now, the Associated Press is reporting that Roger Goodell is heading to Minnesota on Friday to hold a pow-wow with Governor Mark Dayton and legislative leaders. Governor Dayton has already signaled his support for the stadium bill, but the legislature remains resistant to it.
In any case, the concomitance of these various meetings cannot be due to mere happenstance. If one reads between the lines, one can see that if the Minnesota legislature does not green-light the funding for a new Vikings stadium, the relocation of the franchise to Los Angeles is a distinct possibility.
The Minnesota Vikings are contracted to play at the current Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis through the 2012 season.